St. John

4.7
2173 reviews
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£41 and over
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British
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  • Fit for Foodies
  • Creative Cuisine
  • Local Ingredients
Fergus Henderson’s original home of “Nose to Tail Eating” opened in a former smokehouse around the corner from Smithfield Market in 1994.

Celebrating the finest of indigenous British produce and making the most of what is seasonally best whilst applying straight forward cooking techniques, St. John is now celebrated as one of the 50 Best Restaurants in the World and in 2009 was awarded its first Michelin Star.

Nose to tail eating means that, where appropriate, every part of the animal should be put to good use in the kitchen and so along with Roast Beef and Lemon Sole, diners will find Rolled Pig’s Spleen, Kidneys and Ox Heart, Liver and Chitterlings as well as the Roast Bone Marrow & Parsley Salad, something of a ‘signature’ dish.

Whilst often cited as not a restaurant to take a vegetarian too, the kitchen source and prepare dishes for vegetarians with the same amount of studiousness as they do the meat, fish and poultry and desserts.
Dining Style
Casual Dining
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Cuisines
British
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Hours of Operation
Lunch: Monday - Friday: 12:00PM - 3:00PM; Sunday: 12.30PM - 3:45PM

Dinner: Monday - Saturday: 6:00PM - 11:00PM
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Phone number
020 7251 0848
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Payment Options
AMEX, Diners Club, MasterCard, Visa
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Dress Code
Casual Dress
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Executive Chef
Chris Gillard
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Private Party Facilities
Private Room for up to 18 guests. Entire site can be hired for between 110 (Sit down meal) or 250 (Informal Dinning)
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Private Party Contact
Renata Galli : 020 7553 9844
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Cross Street
Charterhouse Street
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Public Transit
Farringdon
Additional
Banquet, Bar Dining, Beer, Corkage Fee, Full Bar, Private Room, Wheelchair Access, Wine
What 2173 People Are Saying
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Melbourne / VIC
1 review
Dined 7 days ago
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Thankyou to our waitress for guiding us to sharing entrees - great suggestion !!!

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RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always great to eat here - good clean delicious perfectly cooked food. Simple uncomplicated menu, polite attentive staff.

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L
London
23 reviews
Dined on 16 September 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Had a very good lunch here with friends. Service was great and it is clearly very popular. Loved the bone marrow and the terrine was similarly delicious. Thought the roast pork was a little underwhelming, possibly a little dry but the cabbage and gravy were knockout. Recommend the raspberry sorbet with vodka as dessert!

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HM
London
3 reviews
Dined on 15 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Just absolutely amazing! So tasty, excellent produce cooked brilliantly.

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MD
1 review
Dined on 11 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Legendary restaurant with a legendary chef. When late chef Anthony Bourdain says this is his favourite restaurant in the world, what can I add? A different lunch menu and a different dinner menu EVERY day! The only course that is always on there is the legendary bone marrow with parsley salad. I loved my lunch and will come again, as often as I can!

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PR
San Francisco
1 review
Dined on 7 September 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

I love going to St Johns. I admire the good cooking of ingredients that are usually not handled well. It is also a pleasure to have british food at its best.
The service is amazing, the staff seem to have real interest in the food they are serving and are proud to be there. They are a terrific lot of people.
I am a faithful repeat attender and am never disappointed.

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DG
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Absolutely phenomenal meal. Went after seeing the Bourdaine episod, ordered bone marrow, greens, lamb and an amazing American style session IPA (but from Essex); all affordable, all top notch.

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L
London
1 review
Dined on 31 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Such a fantastic evening, a real experience as well a meal. We are both huge fans of nose to tail eating and this was everything we could have hoped for. Brilliant no nonscence dining with just excellent food. We were looked after very well by our fabulous server Lucile whose recommendations and help with the menu made our evening, especially her recommendation of the green salad with the game and trotter pie! As long as you are a fan of offal and are interested in this type of cooking, this is a real treat.

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MB
London
1 review
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always a pleasure to eat here. We had a long leisurely late lunch on a Friday after a show at the Barbican. Staff were super friendly even when we were the last people there and they were clearing up. Everything was delicious and we even caught a glimpse of Fergus!

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SH
Hertfordshire
54 reviews
Dined on 30 August 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 4

Great Meal at St John. Very satisfyingly British restaurant without feeling at all old fashioned or uncreative - and good value - compared with some other well known British stalwart restaurants. Excellent ingredients cooked really well. Atmosphere feels authentic and 'foody' whilst refreshingly un-pretentious. Helps if you are a carnivore for sure! It is so difficult to score restaurants when the style and objective differs so greatly. This is clearly outstanding in it's field. But it is not Pollen St Social … but not fair to compare. Will go again for sure.

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EF
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 3ambience 4

Great food. Unfortunately our waiter was quite unhelpful. Overall we had very nice dinner

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M
London
4 reviews
Dined on 25 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St. John is an institution for meat lovers. We booked my partner's birthday dinner and weren't disappointed. Meat is delicious, with quirky cuts and bits wonderfully paired with veg. Staff was competent, explaining the menu to us, and service was spotless. Will definitely go back.

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PD
1 review
Dined on 23 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Fabulous meal with knowledgable, friendly and professional staff - great atmosphere.

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OT
London
1 review
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

As good as ever..!

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JO
San Francisco
6 reviews
Dined on 22 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Wonderful airy space, great beer and wine options, friendly staff, seasonal fresh whole animal food. So good. Will be back.

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OT
London
4 reviews
Dined on 21 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always excellent!

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TS
Hawaii
2 reviews
Dined on 20 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 4ambience 3

Our server offered to give us a parsley salad recipe but did not follow through...disappointing

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OT
London
10 reviews
Dined on 17 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Great place for friend gathering

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OT
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 4

Exactly what you except from
A “French style” bistro. Everything was spot on! Loved it!

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MJ
1 review
Dined on 16 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

The service was amazing, both at the bar and the dining room. The food was very lovely and everything we had was delicious. I would recommend this to anyone with adventurous tastes and open minds.

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i
1 review
Dined on 8 August 2018
Overall 3food 2service 2ambience 4

Nice ambience. Good dessert selection. Slow, not very attentive service. Main course came out cold and blunt.

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B
Los Angeles
3 reviews
Dined on 7 August 2018
Overall 4food 4service 5ambience 3

The bone marrow on sour dough toast is the best. The service was great. Only drawback was my main plate was cold but still delicious.

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RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 4 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Cant fault it - always a pleasure to eat here, fresh, unfussy, perfectly cooked food. Short but good menu. Great service.

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EC
London
1 review
Dined on 3 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

One of the best restaurants in London and therefore the world. The impact and influence this restaurant has had on the culinary landscape is immeasurable.

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OT
London
5 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent as always

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d
Portland
28 reviews
Dined on 2 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

This place meets or exceeds its legendary reputation. Do not miss. Flawless execution, first rate everything.

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NL
London
2 reviews
Dined on 1 August 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

There is nowhere like St John, Smithfield. Enjoy! We did.

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A
London
4 reviews
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Delicious! Great food and service

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k
1 review
Dined on 31 July 2018
Overall 4food 4service 2ambience 5

Wonderful food, only quibble, we had to wait a rather long time for the starters, although the room was relatively quiet. Would though fully reccomend the restaraunt.

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SL
1 review
Dined on 29 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding as always. Great staff and spot on food and drink! Roasted bone marrow followed by ox hearts and then Eccles cheese cake all accompanied with St John rouge for the chaps and sparkling for the ladies. Celebrating my birthday, some friends joined us for their first trip there and all shared my enthusiasm. Thank you St John and see you soon! Sam Laycock

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NH
1 review
Dined on 23 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

St john is one of the great meals of your lifetime. go.

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Norfolk
1 review
Dined on 20 July 2018
Overall 5food 4service 5ambience 5

I had the kohlrabi to start which was lovely and fresh while my partner had the famed bone marrow. Middle white pork for main which was perfectly cooked. Overall delicious food and great, fuss free service and don’t forget to order the freshly baked madeleines!

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HF
Los Angeles
1 review
Dined on 19 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Outstanding overall experience! What a wonderful way to taste true English food.

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New York Area
1 review
Dined on 18 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Made a late reservation at last minute and was regardless treated incredibly well. Fourth time there and never short of a great experience. Excellence without pretense.

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EP
London
5 reviews
Dined on 17 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Excellent choice of food and wine. The dessert menu is always a surprise in terms of freshness, appearance and taste. Don't forget to pick up a loaf of bread and a bottle of wine from the takeaway menu on the way out.

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MC
New York Area
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

El lugar es espectacular. La comida original y riquísima. Bien atendidos y el precio perfecto. Público mayormente local lo cual lo hizo mucho más atractivo!

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OT
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Favourite restaurant always.

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PP
London
2 reviews
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 2ambience 4

Meeting a friend I haven’t seen for 20 months.

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HB
London
1 review
Dined on 13 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 4ambience 5

We had exceedingly high expectations and St John did not disappoint. The food was absolutely sublime — outstanding flavour, impactful, memorable, every mouthful was simple utter deliciousness — food cooked with flair and precision but with no pretension. All the dishes we had were incredible — the terrine and cornichons, bone marrow and parsley salad, kohlrabi and chervil salad, lamb sweetbreads with peas and bacon, guinea fowl with carrot and trotter, Eccles cake and Lancashire cheese. The seasoning was on point — things like using capers as a seasoning on the parsley salad and kohlrabi was delightful. We got there early so we could buy some doughnuts to take home, and the custard doughnut in particular was an amazing bouncy pillow of vanilla loveliness.

It feels like there’s no point in eating anywhere else now! The perfect lunch.

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RR
London
3 reviews
Dined on 8 July 2018
Overall 5food 5service 5ambience 5

Always terrific to lunch at St.John, everything about it is near as perfect - delectable food, fantastic service in the loveliest of rooms. Yes, I’m a fan, I can’t say more.

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